Monday, 8 October 2012

Continuity Task and Preliminary Task (for both groups) ALSO POSTED ON THE THRILLER BLOG

We have started looking at CONTINUITY and it is a key element of your preliminary task.

Group 1 has a bit of an advantage on group 2 but no matter...

TASK 1:
Watch this sequence from Hitchcock's The Birds. It's an excellent example of continuity and uses the techniques we've seen in class this week.


After watching it, try and work out:
- How many shots are there?
- Where was the camera positioned for each shot?
- Which principles of continuity editing have been followed?

Then you're ready to write an analysis of shots and techniques used in this sequence to demonstate your understanding of them. You can use the following questions for guidance:
1. What principles of continuity are used here? How successfully? Refer to specific shots / screengrabs.
2. What is the effect of the editing on the viewer? What are we meant to feel at different stages? (ie before she enters the house, in the kitchen, in the corridor, in the bedroom, running away)?
3. What is the 'best bit' for you in this sequence in terms of learning new techniques and why?
Continuity editing is all about making your film work in a logical way (ordering the shots logically) so the audience can follow it easily and enjoy the story y without being confused; they are properly 'positioned'.
Can you remember all the techniques/ principles discussed in class? Can you find some examples of these techniques in other films (embed)?

EXTENSION TASK/ STRETCH YOUR LEARNING:
Find and embed a film extract that makes good use of continuity. Grab a few shots and comment on techniques used (bullet points)


Ocrmediaas_basics of Video Editing

FINALLY, GROUP 1 HAVE SHOT THEIR PRELIMINARY TASK BUT NOT GROUP 2.
GROUP 1: Make sure you post pictures of your script/ storyboard etc... (I've saved the pictures in the relevant folder on the media drive)
Also include the brief below and make sure you explain and flag up the techniques included there.
PRELIM BRIEF:

GROUP 2: Get prepared too by reading the above and watching the example below:

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GET THIS DONE... Both groups

1. Start writing evaluation posts on the tasks completed so far.
For each one, the film / task should be embedded and you should aim to address the following:
- What was the purpose of the task?
- What skills did you learn or develop?
- What mistakes did you make or what would you like to improve?
- Do mention specific techniques and use appropriate terminology.


2. Composition - Take pictures and upload them. Demonstrate nose room, head room, lead room, eye line, rule of thirds as well as camera angles and distances
Watch the following clip to consolidate understanding. Other rules of composition are mentioned - can you spot them?
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Group 1 working on the Prelim task...



Thursday, 27 September 2012

UPDATED Home Learning and Independent Study for week starting 1/10/12

Dear all,

This is for all of you, even the group I won't be seeing on Friday.

READ AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE OF THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE ON #womenrep 

http://www.scoop.it/t/women-representation-in-the-media
MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO TWEET YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN THE MEDIA IN GENERAL, OR ON A PARTICULAR TEXT OR ISSUE (eg. Anti-page 3 campaign, women in music videos, or even specific artists and how they are represented..)

Students from other centres, including A2 students, are taking part as well over the next few days so make sure you use the hashtag to catch what they say.
Search for #womenrep and save the search. Then go back for updates from time to time, share your thoughts, build on others' contributions.
You could always discuss Mulvey's and Berger's ideas, for example "To what extent do you think that their ideas still stand? How do you know?"

The more you engage, the more you will get out of it. Go back to the resources and read/watch something else everyday. 10 minutes well spent.

OTHER ON-GOING WORK:
- Berger sheet annotated a bit better. Take a pic and upload to your induction blog or write up your notes in a post.

- KEY VOCABULARY / TERMINOLOGY: Not everyone has completed this. PLEASE CATCH UP.

- All work on representation of women to be posted. Remember that this is evidence of your level of understanding/ attainment at this point in the course - Don't hesitate to go back and edit/improve your posts.
ALSO, PLEASE PUBLISH YOUR DRAFTS - THIS WAY, I CAN COMMENT / ADVISE. 
I KNOW IT IS ON-GOING WORK.

- George and Leena, your videos on Basic camerawork ARE NOW ON YOUTUBE AND BELOW. SOME ERRORS HAVE OCCURRED WITH THE TITLES AT THE BEGINNING THOUGH. When you change the titles in Controls, make sure the playhead in Final Cut is where you need it to be.
YOU'LL NEED TO REVIEW THIS.
Embed into your Induction blog for now and comment on the mistakes.



- Take photos and short films to show off your understanding of camerawork and mise-en-scene.
Embed into blog regularly with a caption/quick comment on what you were trying to achieve + what you'd like to do better.

- Over on your Film Industry Blog, all your research should be completed and documentary uploaded.

- FINALLY, here's the recording of your discussion. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMBED INTO YOUR BLOG, ENGAGE, REFLECT AND COMMENT!

REMEMBER THAT WE WILL BE TESTING YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF KEY TERMS SOON.

WANT TO STRETCH YOUR KNOWLEDGE?
FANTASTIC RESOURCE FROM ANOTHER CENTRE:

Monday, 24 September 2012

THIS WEEK- TWITTER FORUM ON #womenrep

This week, two other centres are joining us for an online discussion on the representation of women in the media.

We are tweeting resources to help you tackle the topic with more thought and will ask for responses to questions based on some of these texts and the topic in general.

You will find some resources in the post below (after the plenaries) and also here:
SCOOP.IT PAGE ON REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN

All your tweets will need to use the hashtag #womenrep in order to be archived and discussed further later.

Make sure you join in!!! It's a great chance to interact and share ideas with students beyond our school.

More details to be emailed soon.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Second group's plenaries #womenrep

Once again, please add comments below this post focusing on the CONTENT.

 What is clearly explained?
What is not so clear?
Where are the gaps?
Are the examples relevant?
Are enough key words used? Are they used appropriately?
What key words are missed out?

Overall, do you think this reflect the level of learning achieved in the lesson?

 

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Women Representation - Resources

JUST OUT - MUST READ:

Marina And The Diamonds criticises record label for refusing to release 'ugly' video 




 Here is a student's stake on Post-Feminism in today's media:


This is also embedded at the bottom of this this page focusing on Beyonce's Who Runs The World video:
http://beyoncecasestudy.blogspot.co.uk/

Should be useful!

Also have a look at this:
And this: The impact of Social Media on Women's Self-Image and Self-Representation

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Work due in if you had your first lessons

- Your blogs should be set up. Email me if you're still struggling at h.o'shea@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

- All of you must follow out Twitter account @parkhighmedia
If you do not have a Twitter account, create one now. It takes seconds.
Please understand that WE DO NOT FOLLOW BACK.

- Task 1: Continue working on your film industry documentary. You have been given detailed guidance to help your research.

- Task 2: For those of you who had a lesson with me, we started learning about Representation in the Media.
You should complete the following tasks:
First listen to the following plenary (video) and write some comments below this post summing up what you think is clearly explained and what should have been clearer in the video. It would be good to see you build on each other's comments.
Be as specific as possible to showcase your understanding so far. (No need to comment on the fact that the light source is behind you!)


 - Task 3: You have been given a handout on John Berger's Ways of Seeing (3 slides). You need to read carefully and annotate, including questions if you are struggling with it. You can take a picture of the completed work and upload to your blog or you could write up your notes on your blog. Bring your annotated sheet to next lesson.

 - Task 4: Read the following article and tweet your reactions using the hashtag #womenrep before our next triple. Please make sure you engage with the conversation.
ARTICLE:

The Sun's Page 3 is the highly visible tip of misogyny's iceberg

A lot of women feel that people who want an end to Page 3 are uptight harridans, envious, bitter and prudish, but it's important to understand why this editorial gimmick is so nasty
GOOD LUCK AND SPREAD THE LOAD. EMAIL OR TWEET IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING.



Monday, 3 September 2012

Welcome to Media Studies!

This is your INDUCTION BLOG and first port of call for the first few weeks to keep track of what needs doing. Start by reading and watching what follows... There is a lot to learn from it!

Looking forward to the year ahead! :)

NOTE: Once you've launched your induction blog, send me the URL straight away to allow me to link it from here.
Use labels straight away to tag your posts.

My email is h.o'shea@parkhighstanmore.org.uk


NOW START HERE --> A fantastic film made by a film student to teach you all you need to know. Flawless editing. Watch and learn! video

LEARNING FROM ROBERT RODRIGUEZ (director)
You can learn an awful lot about making a film on a tight budget from Robert Rodriguez, director of El Mariachi. You can also find more of his videos on YouTube as well as extracts from his films.



And here is the trailer for El Mariachi (1992).


Back to Basics: CAMERAWORK
Easy to follow guide to learn the basics of the trade! Click here.

These videos from OCR are also useful.
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Ocrmediaas_basics of Video Editing
Ocrmediaas_making Your Video


Course Guide AS 11 12